Eleanor Rosevelt once said these straightforward but wise words: “A guest is really good or bad because of the host or hostess who makes being a guest an easy or a difficult task.”
When it comes to the holiday season, many of us fall into two categories—guests and hosts. Hosting family for the holidays is a great way to make memories and spend time with the most important people in your life, but it can also be downright stressful.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re hosting overnight guests this season, here are holiday hosting tips you can use to make your guests feel at home during their visit.
Start with communication
Your in-laws show up for their week-long stay with their new dog. Your sister-in-law informs you she’s a vegetarian right as you’re pulling the Christmas turkey out of the oven. If you have family members or friends who are prone to springing these types of holiday “surprises,” you can help ensure you’re prepared by reaching out to your guests beforehand to find out things like special dietary preferences, their plans while in town, and to inform them of your own routine.